Krejza ready for Indian challenge

Updated: 06 October 2008 10:13 IST

Jason Krejza is itching to bowl at Indian batsmen on his Test debut, the chance that came his way when Bryce McGain was ruled out of the first Test.

Melbourne:

Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza is itching to bowl at Indian batsmen on his Test debut, the chance that came his way when Bryce McGain was ruled out of the first Test due to a shoulder injury.

McGain sustained the injury last month during the tri-nation series against India A and New Zealand A.

"That's horrible news for Bryce but that gives me a chance. I think I am ready for the challenge," Krejza was quoted as saying in Herald Sun.

The 25-year-old Krejza, is now set to become Australia's 402nd Test cricketer while Mcgain might need to fly back home before even bowling a single delivery in a match on his maiden international tour.

Krejza returned with an impressive figure of three wickets in last week's match against the Rajasthan Academy and with the match against Indian Board President's XI going on in Hyderabad, he will have ample time to prepare for the big day.

Meanwhile, McGain's injury has also raised hoped for Beau Casson, who can now be sent as the 36-year-old's replacement for the India tour.

Casson was initially sidelined for the tour because the selectors felt he didn't push the ball through quick enough to be dangerous on the sub-continent.

Looking at the possible prospect of joining the team, the Chinaman bowler has declared himself fit and ready to tour India if needed.

"I'll be ready if needed, absolutely. That was the reason for missing a few games with Australia A in India, because I wanted to get back on the park as soon as possible," he was quoted as saying in Herald Sun.

"I've had (physio) Pat Farhart weave some of his magic and the groin has responded really well.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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